Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Canon Powershot S100 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Canon Powershot S100
Ricoh GR Digital IV

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh GR Digital IV

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,230k dots
Battery life
Great battery life
390 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
190 g

Items often bought with the Canon S100 or Ricoh IV

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 29 sample photos taken by the Ricoh GR Digital IV.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 109×59×33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 2.7 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Ricoh IV

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,230k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
390 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/1.9 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the IV's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Weight
Slightly lighter
190 g vs 198 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
S100f/2
IVf/1.9
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
S1005x
IV1x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Fairly small Help
S10099×60×28 mm
IV109×59×33 mm
Weight Very light Help
S100198 g
IV190 g
Thickness Thin Help
S1001.1"
IV1.3"
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
S1006,400 ISO
IV1,600 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S10012 MP
IV10 MP
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Pro digicam

$898 - $948

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$206

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$260

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$312

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Slightly smaller
Supports RAW No RAW support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$400

High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$484 - $649

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Size Significantly larger

Ricoh GR Digital IV Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR

Boutique

$399 - $599

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III

Pro digicam

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$449

Movie format Higher resolution movies
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Much larger
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Pro digicam

$419

Movie format Higher resolution movies
3D Takes 3D photos
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$212 body only

$571 with 18-55mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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